Author: Traverse City Tourism

This year, the National Cherry Festival made history, cancelling the festival for only the second time in nearly 100 years. (The first time was during World War II.) We’ll all miss the beloved cherry celebration, none more so than the fantastic team that puts on the festival. We asked them to share some of their favorite memories over the years to keep the cherry love going during these challenging times. 

Photo: Briana Paige, Photographer at Northern Way of Life

Splashing in the water, relaxing on the beach, and watching a sunset. These are the moments when you find your happy place. We've rounded up a selection of quotes and photos from travel writers and photographers who have shared their special places in the area.


It’s not quite a meal, but it deserves an hour of the day like any other consumption time. And truly, is there anything better than a good coffee spot? Paired with just the right playlist and the atmosphere for whatever mood, the coffee scene in Traverse City is hot right now. Here’s the latest for your caffeinating pleasure. 


Simply put, the real attraction in Traverse City is outside. No matter when you decide to visit, you’ll feel the positive energy from the treetops to the crashing waves. It fuels the lifestyle here and tells both the outdoor novice and the extreme expert to adventure on. In all four seasons, we listen. 

The penchant for alcohol, in all its forms, continues to evolve in Traverse City. First, there were the wineries. Boutique, often family run endeavors that began in the 70s, they gained a reputation for their signature Chardonnays and Rieslings. Then came the breweries, riding the wave of the craft movement that started in the 80s on the West Coast. Today, “hop heads” can enjoy everything from a chocolatey Stout to a golden Saison in over 15 (and counting) breweries.

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